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In This Issue: May 3, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

School Safe, JTIC's School Security Assessment App, Now Available in Desktop Version

Visit to find out how to access the new fillable PDF, desktop-friendly version of School Safe — the Justice Technology Information Center's Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools. Just like the iOS and Android version, the new desktop version takes you step-by-step through your buildings and grounds to identify and address trouble spots. You can use this free tool to conduct a physical assessment of your campus — inside and out — by answering a series of simple questions. Access is limited to qualified criminal justice professionals and school administrators. Visit JUSTNET to find out more.

NIJ and IACP's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Institute of Justice is accepting applications for the 2018 class of LEADS scholars — mid-career law enforcement officers committed to using research to inform policy and practice. NIJ partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to offer scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science program. Scholar activities include:

  • Attendance at the IACP Annual Conference with exclusive networking and education opportunities.
  • Attendance at a LEADS Summer Session at the NIJ headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Collaborative brainstorming events between LEADS scholars, NIJ science staff and IACP executives.
  • Travel support for independent research and site visits to see ongoing research undertaken by law enforcement agencies across the country.
  • Opportunities to present research and findings at law enforcement conferences and be published in practitioner-focused journals.
  • Attendance at NIJ-sponsored events focusing on law enforcement.
  • Participation in NIJ peer review.

All travel, accommodation and per diem costs associated with participating in the LEADS Scholars program will be covered by NIJ. The application deadline is June 8, 2018.
For information, go to

Visit to Learn About Free Anonymous Reporting System

A new article recently loaded to, "Free Reporting System Lets Students "Say Something" Anonymously," provides information on Say Something, a free resource available from Sandy Hook Promise. While you're on the website, browse the other success stories on the Justice Technology Information Center school safety site, the calendar of events, resources and more.

OJJDP News At A Glance

The March/April 2018 edition of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's bimonthly electronic newsletter is now available. OJJDP News At A Glance highlights agency activities, publications and upcoming events. Access it at

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Report on U.S. Correctional Population

The number of adults supervised by the U.S. correctional system dropped for the ninth consecutive year in 2016, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The correctional population includes persons supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in prisons or local jails. From 2007 to 2016, the proportion of the adult population under the supervision of U.S. correctional authorities decreased by 18 percent, from 3,210 to 2,640 adults under correctional supervision per 100,000 residents. To access Correctional Populations in the United States, 2016, go to

Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to:

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to:

Funding Update: Two School Safety Solicitations Canceled. The National Institute of Justice has canceled both Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and Research and Evaluation of Technologies to Improve School Safety solicitations. With the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the funding planned for these solicitations is no longer available for research and evaluation. Instead, it will be used for other purposes under the Stop School Violence Act of 2018. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program (Formula), all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

Tribal Corrections Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 10, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Prevention and Mitigation of Domestic Pathways to Terrorism, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research on Reducing Violence in Communities, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Strategies for Policing Innovation, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 22, 2018.

Criminal Justice Requirements and Resources Consortium, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, all Applications for FY 2018 BVP funds will be accepted beginning April 12, 2018. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), May 29, 2018.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program, applications are due by June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 11, 2018.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP), applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 6, 2018.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Recording Available: OJP FY 2018-19 Tribal Funding Policy Webinar

Federal Funding Resources:

OJP Funding Resource Center: Find current opportunities, solicitation requirements, forms and worksheets, and post-award instructions to help as you apply for and manage OJP awards.

DOJ Program Plan: See summary details of the funding opportunities each DOJ grant-making component is expecting to release or has released in the current fiscal year.

DOJ Grants Financial Guide: Learn about the laws, rules and regulations that affect the financial and administrative management of an OJP award.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Tulsa Police Facebook Page Begins 'Behind the Badge' Series, (04/26/2018)
The Tulsa Police Department has launched a new Facebook series called "Behind the Badge" to provide the public a behind-the-scene view of operations within the department. The first video in the series gives viewers a look at the department's forensics lab.
Link to Article

Grant Will Help LA Clear DNA Testing Backlog
Courthouse News Service, (04/25/2018), Martin Macias, Jr.
The Los Angeles Police Department will use a $1 million federal grant to clear a backlog of more than 500 investigations awaiting DNA testing results. The grant from the National Institute of Justice will be used for salaries, travel for training workshops, equipment and other costs at LAPD's Forensic Science Division and Serology/DNA Unit, according to city officials.
Link to Article

Madison Police to Get Body-Worn Cameras and Phase Them in This Year
WHNT, (04/25/2018), Kristen Conner
The police department in Madison, Ala., will purchase 63 body-worn cameras. The department will phase in the cameras, with a goal of having them all operational by Sept. 1. The plan is to equip school resource officers and then the traffic unit, before moving on to the rest of the force.
Link to Article

Newark 'Virtual Police' Initiative Will Allow Residents to View Police Cameras
WABC TV, (04/26/2018), Anthony Johnson
Newark, N.J., has launched the "Citizen Virtual Patrol" program to encourage citizens to aid police during investigations and deter criminal activity. Under the program, 62 surveillance cameras will be installed around the city. Anyone will be able to log onto the Newark Police Department's website and view the surveillance cameras.
Link to Article

State Police Training the Next Generation of Bomb Sniffing Dogs
Fox61, (04/26/2018), Aisha Mbowe
The Connecticut State Police recently hosted 25 K9 teams for a two-day training session as part of the Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative. The dogs are given real-world scenarios in order to evaluate their skills. The initiative also allows for researchers to understand what new tools and resources are needed to better understand and train the dogs.
Link to Article

Corrections News

California's Prisons Have New Simulation Software
Government Technology, (04/26/2018), Kayla Nick-Kearney for Techwire
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation now has a Multiple Interactive Learning Objective simulator in every adult institution to help train custodial and noncustodial officers. The simulator focuses on techniques for communication and de-escalation of threats or potentially violent interactions.
Link to Article

Analysis: Pa.'s Rate for Probation or Parole Supervision 3rd Highest in U.S.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette, (04/29/2018), Samantha Melamed,
This article cites a study that indicates Pennsylvania has the highest rate of citizens under probation or parole supervision in the Northeast United States and the third highest in the country, and explores the reasons why.
Link to Article

Inmates With Cellphones Are a Problem in SC Prisons. Is This the Solution?
The State, (04/26/2018), Bristow Marchant
Technology is being installed at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina to thwart use of cellphones by inmates. Maryland-based Tecore Networks is installing managed access technology that will stop unauthorized devices from making calls, sending texts or connecting to the Internet, without jamming all cell activity in and around the maximum security prison.
Link to Article

Arkansas Prisons Going Green, Saving Money
Times Record, (04/28/2018), Seth Blomeley for Arkansas Nonprofit News Network
State prisons and other state entities in Arkansas are taking steps to improve conservation of resources and cut costs. Entegrity Energy Partners LLC of Little Rock in 2016 was awarded $26.5 million in contracts with the Department of Correction ($17 million) and the Department of Community Correction ($9.5 million) that promise to save the state at least that much in energy costs over 20 years. A state law allows agencies to treat utility savings as revenue that can be used to pay off capital improvement bonds as long as qualified energy efficiency firms are chosen for the work.
Link to Article

New App Aims to Keep the Poor Out of Pre-Trial Jail
The Christian Science Monitor, (04/07/2018), Sarah Mahoney for Thompson-Reuters Foundation
A phone app aims to secure the release of poor people awaiting trial or sentencing through remote monitoring. Users receive reminders about court appearance dates and documents required. The Promise app is aimed at people who cannot afford bail. Promise assesses a defendant's needs, then develops individual care plans, downloaded to their phones, which monitor and support them.
Link to Article

Solitary Confinement Policies at 'Tipping Point' in U.S., say Reformers
The Crime Report, (04/27/2018), Nancy Bilyeau
This article highlights discussion about solitary confinement during a recent conference involving researchers, medical experts and reform advocates.
Link to Article

Opioid Epidemic Seeps Into Missouri Prisons
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (04/30/2018), Jesse Bogan
This article discusses drug use in Missouri prisons and efforts to stem the availability of drugs, including crackdowns on visits and mail. Nearly nine of every 10 offenders who arrive at prison need substance use treatment. The Missouri prison system has about 36,000 inmates.
Link to Article

Is There Such a Thing as "Good" Prison Design?
Architectural Digest, (04/30/2018) Rachel Slade
This article examines the challenges of prison design and efforts to design secure, livable space that fosters rehabilitation. Considerations can include aging in place, mobility issues, design for a large mentally and emotionally challenged population, and growth in demand for health-care services in the correctional environment.
Link to Article

Connecticut Wants to Spend More, Not Less, on Prison Food
Hartford Courant, (04/26/2018), Susan Haigh for The Associated Press
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed spending more on prison meals, contending that it would save money in the long run by making inmates, many of whom rely on state-funded health care after their release, more healthy inside prison and out. The plan would boost the typical daily food budget for each inmate 10 percent, from $2.95 to $3.25.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) - Police Planner's Course, Scottsdale, AZ, April 30 - May 4, 2018,
    For information and registration, visit
  • Annual IACP Technology Conference, Providence, RI, May 21-24, 2018, For more information and registration details, visit
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition, Omni Champions Gate Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL, July 23-27, 2018
  • 43rd Annual American Probation and Parole Association Training Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 29–August 1, 2018
  • 148th Congress of Correction - American Correctional Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, August 2-7, 2018
  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, August 13-16, 2018
  • Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID), Nashville, TN, August 13-15, 2018, for more information and registration details, visit
  • Annual International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
    El Paso, TX, September 24-28, 201, for more information,
    please visit

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).

New Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2017,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

A New Role for Technology: The Impact of Video Visitation,
National Institute of Justice,

Creating a 3D Microbial and Chemical Snapshot of a Human Habitat,
National Institute of Justice,

Environmental Scan of Family Justice Centers, Final Report,
National Institute of Justice,

In-Brief: Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,


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